Individual Studies A.S.

The Individual Studies degree option provides students with the flexibility to develop their own course of study. Course concentration is divided mainly among the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Math/Science disciplines, with a large number of electives completing the curriculum. Sixty credits are required for the Associate of Science (A.S.) in Individual Studies degree. This program can be pursued by students who need flexibility to explore educational options that reflect their unique interests and career goals or by adult learners who wish to develop a personally planned course of study, approved by the College, which incorporates previous academic and work experiences. The A.S. degree in Individual Studies usually emphasizes coursework in the Math and Science disciplines and is intended to prepare students for transfer to similar baccalaureate programs. Admission to the Individual Studies Program is selective. Students who would like to pursue this degree must complete the Individual Studies Degree Application.

 The mission of the Individual Studies program is to provide unique educational opportunities that allow students to pursue coursework that meets their academic and career goals. The Individual Studies A.S. degree provides students with a solid general education foundation and prepares them for transfer into a baccalaureate degree program.

Graduates of the Individual Studies A.S. program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate organized, developed, and coherent writing skills that adapt to the needs of the discipline and rhetorical situation.
  • Demonstrate effective spoken communication by presenting ideas clearly and concisely with regard to subject, audience, and purpose.
  • Demonstrate the ability to apply logical thinking to solve quantitative problems and understand natural phenomena.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use appropriate technologies to effectively research, communicate, analyze, and apply information.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the development of the distinctive features of the history, institutions, economy, culture, etc. of American society, Western civilization, or a non-Western civilization
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the conventions and methods of at least one discipline in the Humanities (e.g. arts, language, literature, philosophy)
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the methods and major theories of at least one discipline in the social sciences (e.g. anthropology, economics, political science, psychology, sociology)

Discipline Category Descriptions

Minimum Degree Requirements (60 credits)
Effective Fall 2023
English (6 credits)
ENG 101 English Composition
ENG 102 Literature & Composition
Humanities (3 Credits)
COM 101 Public Speaking
History or Social Science (6 Credits)
--------> History or Social Science electives
Math (3 Credits)
Math Gen. Ed. Course
Science (4 Credits)
Natural Science Gen. Ed. Course
Math or Science (3-4 Credits)

Any MAT courses above 100   or
Any 4-credit natural science courses with a lab


Liberal Arts Elective (3 Credits) 

Any liberal arts course, as per advisement


Free Electives (31-32 Credits) 
--------> Any courses that receive college credit

All students in this degree program must complete 30 credits of General Education coursework in a minimum of 7 of 10 SUNY General Education Knowledge and Skills Areas to include Communication, Diversity, Mathematics, and Natural Science.

Degree Requirements Worksheets

Students who earn an Individual Studies A.S. degree are prepared to transfer into a bachelor's degree program in a variety of areas, based on each student's focus of study.

Graduates of the program who follow an established transfer pathway may enter into one of the following programs at our partner institution, SUNY Canton:

  • Health & Fitness Promotion (Business Track)
  • Health & Fitness Promotion (Science Track)


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